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Sea Cuisine’s Fish Taco Food Truck Lands in Milwaukee #UpgradeYourTacoWI

upgradeyourtacowiSince I am East Coast born and raised, a love of seafood is in pretty much in my DNA.  And when I talk about seafood, I’m talking about things that come from the actual sea – lake creatures need not apply!  The problem with living in the Midwest is that fresh, affordable seafood can be pretty hard to come by.  I discovered Sea Cuisine a few years ago and fell in love with their frozen fish recipes very quickly.

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Sea Cuisine has 17 different frozen seafood varieties for you to try.  They are found in your local grocer’s freezer and are soooo easy to prepare. They are already crusted or battered in whichever tasty mixture you desire and all you have to do is pop them into the oven and bake them. Instant delicious hot-from-your-oven seafood!

Locals – if you are used to getting your Sea Cuisine products at Pick ‘n Save, they have moved them out of the chest freezers by the seafood counter and into the frozen food aisle.  My heart stopped a little when I didn’t see them in their usual space and thought PnS wasn’t carrying them anymore!!

Maybe you’re one of those types who needs to try it themselves before you are convinced.  Not a problem! Sea Cuisine has you covered – with their own Taco Truck which will be in Milwaukee through July 6th.  The truck is visiting a variety of Milwaukee locations and handing out free fish tacos (YES – FREE!) so you can sample the sea food goodness for yourself.

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LJ and I got to visit Chef Michael Feker while he was whipping up some amazing fish creations.  I’ll have to admit, the Fish “Truck” was a heck of a lot fancier than I had imagined.  I was picturing an ice cream truck just without the annoying song and handing out tacos instead of cones.  What we found was more like a mobile home with a really fancy kitchen – but it is being pulled by a truck, so I guess that counts.

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LJ got a cooking lesson and created a super yummy fish taco that you can create at home yourself.  (Hey, if my nine year old can do it, YOU can do it!!)  Want to know what he made and grab the recipe? Here are a bunch of delicious fish taco recipes!!

Is the Milwaukee Art Museum Interesting for Kids?

The Milwaukee Art Museum offers many programs that will interest kids.I remember back when the Milwaukee Art Museum first opened up the Quadracci Pavilion in 2001, Jay and I went to check it out. That was the first time I had been to the Milwaukee Art Museum and I was pretty impressed.  We returned a few times over the years for different exhibits we wanted to see, but once we had LJ I never really thought about bringing him to the museum.

Earlier this year, his class took a trip to the symphony and to the Art Museum.  He came home full of excitement and asked if he could go back to the Art Museum again as he didn’t feel like he had enough time to look around during the field trip.  We were invited by the Museum to come back on a recent day off and explore as well as take advantage of their interactive iPod Touch tour.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure how much the Museum would hold LJ’s interest when it was just he and I.  I figured we would spend an hour, maybe 90 minutes and be on our way.  Boy, was I wrong!! LJ absolutely LOVED it.  We checked in and got ourselves an iPod Touch for the interactive tour.  (Got your own iPhone or iPod Touch?  Just download the free app from iTunes and you are all set!)

The Milwaukee Art Museum offers interactive iPod tours.

LJ loved being able to learn more about specific pieces of art - some lessons are audio, some are on screen.

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We spent time looking at the paintings on the main floor. That area was where his class had spent most of their time and he enjoyed being able to tell me about the different paintings and what he had learned.

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Next, we ventured over to take advantage of some of the hands on activities.  LJ had a blast trying to pick out what frames worked with which paintings and was actually really good at it!  When you hold up the frame, a voice comes on and describes why it might or might not be the best choice.

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We took a look through the current exhibit, Uncommon Folk.  LJ enjoyed seeing all of the different types of art.  The next exhibit is a Kandinsky retrospective that starts June 5th. We will be coming back to see that one as well!

Eventually, we made our way up to the third floor to the Kohl’s Art Generations Gallery which was full of all kinds of hands on opportunities.  The theme of illusions is one that naturally appeals to kids and it is presented in a way that help kids (and adults too) understand the fundamental principles artists use to create depth and perspective in their drawings and paintings.  LJ had learned some of this at school and the activities at the museum really brought his understanding to the next level.  We both had a blast creating our own sketches, drawings, and even stop-motion movies. (Scroll through the slideshow below to see some of what we created.)

Our entire visit lasted over three hours and we still could have done more!  I love how the Milwaukee Art Museum makes art really come alive for kids and how much their is for them to do there.  The museum also offers ArtPacks! These are self-guided activities created to help families connect with art in fun ways. Current highlights include Sketchpacks—carry cases filled with a variety of paper and artist’s materials for drawing in the galleries, an Architecture Scavenger Hunt (complete with a prize!), Reading with Art—picture books with cue cards developed to be read in front of works of art.  ArtPack activities are free and available from the ArtPack attendant stationed in the Kohl’s Education Center, in the Collection Galleries, Main Level.

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You and your family can take advantage of  Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays where families can enjoy hands-on art activities, interactive performances, family tours, visiting artists, and more! These events are free with Museum admission and for children twelve and under.  For the budget conscious, museum admission is free the first Thursday of each month.

 

Thanks so much to the Milwaukee Art Museum for having us!  We had soooo much fun and can’t wait to come back again.

Milwaukee Just Between Friends Sale this Weekend #JBFMilwaukee

milwaukee consignment saleIf you like saving money (and really, who doesn’t??), you need to make sure you get yourself to the Just Between Friends Sale in Milwaukee.

If you haven’t heard of Just Between Friends, it is a consignment sale where you can purchase (or sell)  kids’ outgrown clothes, toys, and gear.  Imagine getting everything from car seats to trendy outfits at up to 90% off what they cost in the store – you can totally do that at Just Between Friends.

Just Between Friends sales take place all over the country in select cities and we are lucky enough to have a HUGE one here in Milwaukee.  Located at State Fair Park in the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall C, with over 493 consignors  and a 55,000 square foot venue!

While it’s too late to sign up to sell your stuff (be sure to bookmark the site for the next sale in the fall though!), you can absolutely come out the spring sale and shop your heart out.  The sale runs from Sunday, April 6th through Friday, April 11th.

Below are the spring dates of the Just Between Friends Milwaukee sale.

Sunday, April 6th 10am-7pm $3.00 admission
Monday, April 7th 10am-7pm
Tuesday, April 8th 10am-7pm
Wednesday, April 9th 10am-5pm
Thursday, April 10th 10am-7pm (*50% off day)
Friday, April 11th 10am-1pm (*50% off day)

*Items with a star will remain FULL price! Consignors decide which items go half off.

State Fair may be charging for parking. NOTE this is State Fair and not JBF! You are welcome to park on the city streets or at the Petit Center and walk on over. Or bring your family and friends and split the cost of parking.  Print out the coupon below for free admission on Sunday, April 6th.

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Learn more about Just Between Friends – Milwaukee by connecting with them on their Facebook page, on Twitter, and on their website.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Just Between Friends of Milwaukee.  This program is in partnership with Real Mom Media.  All opinions are my own.

A Christmas Carol in West Bend, WI – a review

a christmas carol wisconsinI love having those holiday traditions that repeat from year to year. We have a number of them already: attending the Kapco Kids 2 Kids Christmas Toy Drive event (a great way to teach kids about giving) and enjoying the Luminary night festivities at my parents’ subdivision.  Last week, we were invited to a preview performance of A Christmas Carol up in West Bend at the Masonic Lodge.  After attending what turned out to be the best performance of this well-loved play I have ever seen, we will be adding attending this production as another yearly tradition!

I’m always a big fan of local community theater, and we are lucky enough to have a number of really talented folks in our local theater groups.  I had never heard of this particular production, although I have since learned that it has been around for a number of years.  I went to the press performance with a completely open mind and really didn’t know what to expect.

As soon as we walked in, it was obvious that this was going to be an extraordinary experience.  The set was unlike anything I had seen before. The theater is “in the round” style with two stages at either end of the hall and seats lining both sides with a large area in the middle that wound up hosting most of the “action”.  This had the effect of making the audience feel like they were in the play with the characters.  The paintings along both walls highlighted local businesses, but with a 1800′s feel to them.  The detail in the paintings was breathtaking!

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Once the play started, it was immediately evident that this production was going to rival any seen in Milwaukee (or even Chicago in my opinion!).  The actors playing Scrooge and Dickens were phenomenal and became their characters with what appeared to be effortless ease.  In all honesty, every single participant played their part with a convincing commitment that is often missing in local theater.  Even the children never faltered or broke character.

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The special effects added just the right amount of wonder and magic to the story without coming across as amateur or hokey.  Again, I have to stress how professional the whole production appeared and what a fantastic experience it was to witness!   Apparently I am not the only one who thinks so, as it is already sold out for the remaining five performances.  I do highly recommend bookmarking the website and stalking it to make sure that you get tickets to the 2014 performance!!

A huge thank you to the cast and crew of A Christmas Carol for providing my family with a truly magical experience!

 

 

One Direction This Is Us Movie Prescreening – Be My Guest!!

Do you have a One Direction Fan at home?  How would you like to attend a prescreening of their new movie, This Is Us??

You can attend as my guest at the movie prescreening event on Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00PM at the Marcus Majestic Theater (770 N. Springdale Rd, Brookfield, WI 53186). The flyer below gives you the code to use to grab two passes.  The number is limited, so get them quickly before they are all gone!! And leave a comment and let me know if I should look for you there!

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